Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 21:26:03

Proposed land deal between CAW and Planning chair stirs controversy

A possible conservation easement deal with the chairman of the Pulaski County Planning Board has angered a group of Lake Maumelle Watershed landowners, who lodged complaints about a perceived conflict of interest this afternoon at the Central Arkansas Water board meeting.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 16:44:19

The open line

The line is open. Closing out: * EQUAL RIGHTS?

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 16:33:57

City signs contract for storm debris pickup

Almost two months after the winter storm that left piles of tree debris mounded on city streets, the city has signed a contract to begin the cleanup.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 16:10:21

State Rep. John Hutchison before Ethics Commission

The state Ethics Commission has found probable cause that freshman Republican Rep. John Hutchison of Harrisburg violated campaign finance laws in some of the money he drew from campaign funds to pay for personal expenses during the campaign.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 14:39:37

Justice Goodson's vacation in Italy; Tyson boat ride included

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson's recent disclosure that she received a gift of a $50,000 trip to Italy last year from Fayetteville lawyer W.H. Taylor continues to stir talk that prompted me to pose a series of questions to various parties.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 13:43:59

Halter slams lottery scholarship bill

This train has left the station en route to passage, but gubernatorial candidate Bill Halter, who led creation of the Arkansas Lottery, says legislation to alter scholarship amounts will inevitably reduce the number going to college, the opposite of the lottery's aim.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 10:39:08

God help the working man, Guns and Fetuses Session

The House Public Health Committee (John Burris, prop.) today rejected Rep. Jim Nickels' modest bill to add a week, from 25 to 26, to unemployment benefit payments.If he'd testified that there were a number of Republican doctors on unemployment, he might have done better.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 09:42:06

God, Guns and Fetuses: Now it's the taxpayer-subsidized religious organization bill

Now comes extremist Republican (but I repeat myself) Rep. Randy Alexander with constitutionally flawed legislation to protect legislators like Rep. Justin Harris who want to promote religion in their state-funded daycare programs.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 09:16:37

Blacks punished more often in schools

A new report out from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. It's a familiar story for anyone who's followed desegregation lawsuits in Pulaski County, the reports by advocates for ending corporal punishment in schools and just about any statistical measure you can find (not every district is the same, a key finding in this report): Black students in Arkansas schools are more likely to be suspended and receive corporal punishment than their white counterparts, according to a new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF).

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 07:02:45

Morning matters — the God, Guns and Fetuses legislature

Morning notes from the mail and more: * THE GUNS AND FETUSES LEGISLATURE: The City Wire notes how Republican campaign season rhetoric that focused on the economy, jobs, taxes and such has been supplanted in the first month of the legislature with a laser-like focus on the womb and guns.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 06:57:00

Republicans fight to preserve doctor pay

And then there was Irvin, the senator from Mountain View whose air of entitlement has begun to rankle even some of her Republican colleagues.

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